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Articulated Site - Water reservoirs as public park

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This project centers on creating public spaces at the UVA Orfelinato reservoir where two giant water tanks that have been replaced by new water infrastructure. Architectural form takes inspiration from the site’s history, surrounding topography, and structure of the existing tanks and pools, resulting in an intervention with minimal environmental impact.

The project forms part of a network of parks. Ten of the 14 sites will be completed by the end of 2015.



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Post-War Collective - Community library and social recuperation

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Following over 25 years of civil war, the reintegration of young soldiers is one of the great challenges Sri Lanka faces. This Community Library provides young men from underprivileged backgrounds with construction training.

The slender building with a footprint of 1,400 sq m sits lightly in the landscape and wraps around an inner courtyard, taking full advantage of cross ventilation and daylighting. Rammed-earth walls and recycled materials reduce costs and the ecological footprint.



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The Dryline - Urban flood protection infrastructure

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The Dryline (BIG U) addresses New York City’s vulnerability to coastal flooding with a protective ribbon in Southern Manhattan. The 12 km-long infrastructural barrier incorporates “social infrastructure” with the high-water barrier doubling as parks, seating, bicycle shelters or skateboard ramps.

Embankments add green areas and spaces beneath elevated roadways are built out with pavilions for public use. In an emergency, the shutters close forming a floodwater barrier.


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Frank Gehry